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The Origins of Sacred Dance at the Heavenly Cave (Iwato kagura no kigen)

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Triptych: 11.22318 (right), 11.22319 (center), 11.22320 (left)


Ôju Kunisada aratame Nidai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ga (on center and left sheets) 応需 国貞改二代豊国画(年玉印) 国貞改二代豊国画(年玉印)


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1844 (Tenpô 15/Kôka 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Ukiyoeshitachi no shinbutsu (1999), #35; Genshoku Ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 4 (1981), #20


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 75 cm (14 x 29 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper